The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a one-year extension Friday of a deadline for doctors and hospitals to meet increasingly demanding standards for use of electronic health records, or EHRs.
One of the authors of a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce report calling for an overhaul of the False Claims Act on Friday defended the report’s reform proposals, despite claims from a whistleblowers’ advocate that the act was an effective anti-fraud tool that did not need revision.
Though regulators are set to unveil the long-awaited Volcker Rule on Tuesday, banks will still have to brace for additional confusion over the ban on proprietary trading as industry groups gear up for an all but certain court challenge to the regulation.
World Trade Organization members on Saturday reached a deal on measures meant to cut red tape at borders and boost trade and food security in developing countries, marking the first WTO-wide agreement in the organization’s nearly two decade history.
Gains made off the sale of residential property in Britain by investors who live outside of the country will be subject to a new tax beginning in 2015, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Thursday in a speech to parliament.
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney on Thursday attacked the Federal Emergency Management Agency's attempt to end his lawsuit challenging steep rate hikes planned for the National Flood Insurance Program, arguing that FEMA itself would benefit from an injunction on the premium increases.
Members of southeastern Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation on Friday called on House leadership to extend commuter tax benefits that are expected to expire by the end of the year, a move that would save more than 2.7 million commuters from a 50 percent tax hike.
With an interim nuclear accord and the possibility of relaxed sanctions, Iranian officials are publicly courting the world's largest energy companies to help tap the country's vast oil and gas reserves, but experts say companies should keep their distance as long as core U.S. sanctions remain in place.
The NSA’s data-gathering activities on global cellphone locations is authorized by a decades-old executive order that allows the U.S. to obtain intelligence pertaining to foreign security threats, U.S. government officials said Friday.
The states that opted out of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion will see a net loss of $35.4 billion in taxpayer dollars per year, according to a study released Thursday.
The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the Fourth Circuit's ruling that deemed recess appointments to the board in 2012 unconstitutional, saying the high court should hold the case until it decides Noel Canning.
Federal regulators on Friday ordered Metro-North to modify its signal system to ensure speed limits are obeyed and to immediately double up on engineers where speed restrictions are in place, a crackdown that follows a deadly Dec. 1 derailment in Bronx, N.Y.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday it is issuing a final rule implementing safety standards for infant and toddler products including infant bath seats, toddler beds and full-size baby cribs.
The U.S. and 11 other World Trade Organization countries meeting this week in Bali, Indonesia, have reiterated a call to end subsidies that contribute to overfishing and deplete already-stressed fishery resources, the U.S. trade representative's office said Friday.
European Union justice ministers on Friday threw a wrench in efforts to finalize sweeping data protection reform legislation by the spring, backtracking on their agreement to support a key provision that would allow multinational companies to deal with only one lead privacy regulator.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, asking the agency to investigate websites that claim to offer payday loans but may be unlawfully collecting and storing customers' personal information and selling it to predatory lenders.
Missouri lawmakers on Friday gave final approval to legislation that would provide Boeing Co. with more than a billion dollars in tax incentives over the next two decades if the company chooses to build its next-generation 777X airliner in the Show Me State.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will remove from its regulations parts of a rule that had allowed some new power plants to sidestep a screening program for excessive soot pollution, implementing a January decision from the D.C. Circuit in a case brought by the Sierra Club.
The nonprofit group behind the creation of super PACs on Thursday criticized proposed regulations that threaten the tax-exempt status of politically active nonprofits, calling the rules a violation of free speech.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced it has decided to allow eagle “take” permits for wind energy projects, electric utilities and timber operations to last up to 30 years, rather than five, pleasing industry groups but alarming environmentalists.
There are several unique defenses, depending on the state, available to defendant pharmaceutical companies which arise from the discord between consumer protection statutes and prescription drugs, say Yvonne McKenzie and Gabriel Vidoni at Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Pennsylvania’s House Bill 1620 may be the result of public perception that franchisees are powerless and need protecting. But for franchisors that have long fought to remove the concept of fiduciary duty from commercial contractual relationships, this legislation would appear to undo much of the common law that has developed over the last 20 years, says Theodore Pearce of Nexsen Pruet LLC.
Given the dim prospects for enactment of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation in the current political environment, the U.S. Department of Defense's new requirements for contractors are an important part of the Obama administration’s efforts to use the government’s procurement power and existing regulatory authorities to increase the cybersecurity of the companies on which the U.S. government relies, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
China's Food and Drug Administration recently announced changes to its Drug Registration Rules, which, while demonstrating the agency’s determination to foster innovation, may not achieve a balance between multinational drug companies and domestic competitors in its current shape, says Katherine Wang of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Proposition 6 and its related enabling legislation provide a unique opportunity for Texas to begin addressing its significant water infrastructure needs. But, as with any ambitious plan, the program faces a variety of challenges, including achieving a proper (and politically acceptable) balance between urban and rural needs and navigating through ongoing water rights disputes, say C. Brian Cassidy and Brian O’Reilly of Locke Lord LLP.
The term of copyright in sound recordings and performers' rights has been extended in Europe from 50 to 70 years for sound recordings that were first released on or after Jan. 1, 1963. It seems likely that the new law will have at least some commercial impact once the interplay between a number of provisions meant to benefit performers have been subject to careful analysis, say Sarah Byrt and Daniel Gallagher of Mayer Brown LLP.
Local labor authorities do not yet seem to be moving to enforce the new restrictions established by recent changes to China's Employment Contract Law. There is a fairly obvious reason for this — they don’t quite know how to do so without potentially causing labor unrest and they would have to take action against some of the largest and most powerful companies in China: the state-owned enterprises, says Kevin Jones at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
The Federal Trade Commission’s recent actions against nine companies making allegedly deceptive environmental marketing claims send a strong message to companies about the agency's enforcement priorities and their own need to possess adequate substantiation for claims about the environmental benefits of products, says David Mallen at Loeb & Loeb LLP.
California joined the growing list of states with expanded protections for individuals with prior criminal records when Gov. Jerry Brown approved a bill amending the California Labor Code. Now is an excellent time for local employers, and multistate employers that use a nationwide job application form, to assess thoroughly whether their application form, including questions about prior criminal records, complies with state and local laws, say attorneys with Littler Mendelson PC.
Although the bones of the R&D tax credit have not changed substantially over time, there have been small revisions legislatively and further clarification provided by court rulings. The latest extension of the credit — in effect until Dec. 31, 2013 — includes changes around the rules for taxpayers under common control and rules for computing the credit when a portion of a trade or business changes hands, says Jacqueline Lee, tax director at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP.